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Nigerian photographer Benneth Nwankwo is working on a documentary street photography project. Titled Nigeria Through the Lens, the project sees him shooting remarkable photos of places in the country.

“I’m documenting photographs that champion Nigeria’s culture and diversity,” he explains in an email to Brittle Paper. “I hope to work with a small number of successful artists from around the states of the federation and frequently exhibit our works at art fairs in Nigeria. During our exhibitions we would provide a relaxed space where all art lovers, from seasoned collectors to first-time buyers, can enjoy our work.”

The photos in Nigeria Through the Lens are richly-textured and bloom in the shading he gives each shot.

Also a satirist, poet, and essayist, Benneth Nwankwo is the founder of LiteraNation, an organization whose activities are geared towards the development, appreciation and promotion of indigenous literary and artistic skills, talent, and intellectual power. He is a member of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) and Figures of Speech Movement.

Check out some of his photos below.

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OTOSIRIEZE is a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

One Response to “Nigeria Through The Lens | Benneth Nwankwo’s Richly-Textured Documentary Photographs” Subscribe

  1. Izunna Okafor 2018/03/30 at 12:36 #

    This is great, and very nice of you Prof Benneth. I do not contest the ubiquitous fact that this is surely going to be the first of its kind in such a heterogeneous hamlet as Nigeria.
    I wish you a grand success as you embark in your peregrinations and this voyage-demanding project. Go and break the record my brother.
    #
    Izunna Okafor

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